It was through a coincidental work connection that Zac first showed up in my garage. I had been working with Zac’s dad Dave for a few years and the topic of skateboarding came up many hours into a long nightshift. I mentioned to him I had made a few custom hardwood skate decks for some friends. I knew that Zac skated so I asked Dave if he thought Zac would be interested in custom board. A few weeks later I showed Dave the board I made for Zac, complete with top-of-the-line trucks and wheels.
At that point I had been working as an engineer for a few years and making skateboards was something I was only doing for fun, since the playful days of running a skate operation called Lekker Skateboards in high school. So when I gave the board to Dave, I wasn’t expecting, nor was I prepared for anything to really come of it. Zac had done some woodworking as a kid, so I thought at most he would have something hand-crafted which I knew he could appreciate.
It wasn’t long after the skateboard was in his hands that I got a call first from an assistant, then a publicist, then a magazine editor, all asking details about the origin of the skateboard. This is where everything changed. Zac did not tuck the board away with a pile of other free goodies, he was riding this thing all over town and even insisting it be a part of the magazine shoot he was doing.
I was told at the next available opportunity, Zac wanted to stop by my house to see my garage, and the proof that this was a skateboard made in his local town of Central California. So on a sunny afternoon I rushed home from work to meet Dave and Zac walking up to my front door. It was so bazaar. I had been in contact with many people around this skateboard, and countless emails answering countless questions. What showed up at my house that day though, was just another skater curious to see the life cycle of the board he had been riding.
I showed him some designs I had made, and the carefully selected lumber stock I use to make the one-off decks. We talked about design options, riding styles, and totally reminisced about our early skateboarding days. We agreed that it was a seemingly small accomplishment to an outsider, like the first successful ollie over a hockey stick, which felt like scaling Everest.
We exchanged ideas for hours, and it was agreed that Zac and I would revive Lekker Skateboards together.